Saints fans 'Ask Amie:' The vision for WR Kenny Stills, statuses of injured players – NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints Kenny Stills give a New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ty Montgomery (88) a five after a good catch during the game against the New York Giants at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (Staff photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
New Orleans Saints Kenny Stills give a New Orleans Saints wide receiver Ty Montgomery (88) a five after a good catch during the game against the New York Giants at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, La. Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (Staff photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
Welcome back to Saints mailbag.
Every week during the season, I hand-pick a few questions from my Twitter mentions and emails in an attempt to satisfy your Saints curiosities.
If you want your question included in the mailbag, find me on Twitter at @Amie_Just, or email [email protected].
Here are some of the questions you asked ahead of the Saints’ game against the Washington Football Team.
What are the Saints going to do with Kenny Stills?
He, as of this writing, is on the Saints’ practice squad. For those a little behind on the Kenny Stills saga, here’s the timeline of things so far:
The Saints re-signed their fifth-round draft pick from 2013 on Sept. 15 — shortly after the Saints placed Tre’Quan Smith on the injured reserve. However, he was not signed to the active roster. He was signed to the practice squad.
Practice squad players can be called up twice to the gameday roster through the “Standard Elevation” process. (They can be called up more times than that if and only if the team has a COVID outbreak and needs COVID replacements, like we saw last season.) If a team wants to have a player on the practice squad play in a third game, they need to add them to the 53-man roster.
Stills was called up for the Week 3 game against the New England Patriots and the Week 4 game against the New York Giants. His numbers didn’t jump off the page in those games, catching a combined one passes for 17 yards, but he had one 46-yard touchdown reception called back due to an Adam Trautman holding penalty. 
As it stands, the active-roster receivers are Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway, Chris Hogan, Ty Montgomery and Lil’Jordan Humphrey. 
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Saints add Stills to the active roster sometime soon. The passing game needs a sign of life, and Stills feels like the best possible option at this time for that.
The Saints would have to make a corresponding move to bring Stills to the 53-man roster because they’re already at 53. 
When asked earlier this week what the vision was for Stills, coach Sean Payton said: “I’m glad he’s here. I think he’s helped us. Certainly his role, week by week, we feel like can help us.”
Will any IR players come back before the open date?
So far, only one player has returned from injured reserve, Will Clapp, and it appears that no one will join him this week, considering no one else has been designated for return ahead of Sunday’s game.
The majority of the remaining players on injured reserve (outside of running back Tony Jones Jr.) are eligible to return when they are healthy, because they’ve met the minimum requirement of three games.
Those eligible to return whenever they’re healthy: kicker Wil Lutz, linebacker Kwon Alexander, defensive end Marcus Davenport, tight end Nick Vannett, linebacker Chase Hansen, cornerback Ken Crawley and Smith.
Receiver Michael Thomas would also be eligible to return after the idle week for the Saints’ Monday Night Football clash with the Seattle Seahawks since that will be six missed weeks, in accordance with the rules associated with the physically unable to perform list.
Receivers coach Curtis Johnson said earlier this week on WWL radio that Thomas (and Smith) look ready to go, but the medical staff is making sure everything is 100% ready to reduce the risk of reinjury.
The injured players who aren’t on the injured reserve are center Erik McCoy and left tackle Terron Armstead. Neither will play this week against Washington after they’ve missed all three practices. That’ll be the second game missed for Armstead and fourth for McCoy.
On Friday, Payton said McCoy and Armstead “are doing well.”
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